"Warning Sign" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion and Christopher Anthony John Martin....
A warning sign
I missed the good part, then I realized
I started looking and the bubble burst
I started looking for excuses
Come on in
I've gotta tell you what a state I'm in
I've gotta tell you in my loudest tones
That I started looking for a warning sign

When the truth is
I miss you
Yeah the truth is
That I miss you so

A warning sign
It came back to haunt me, and I realized
That you were an island and I passed you by
When you were an island to discover
Come on in
I've gotta tell you what a state I'm in
I've gotta tell you in my loudest tones
That I started looking for a warning sign

When the truth is
I miss you
Yeah the truth is
That I miss you so
And I'm tired
I should not have let you go

(Oh oh oh)

So I crawl back into your open arms
Yes I crawl back into your open arms
And I crawl back into your open arms
Yes I crawl back into your open arms


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"Warning Sign" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +18
    General CommentJesus...this is my situation at the moment...it describes conceited intransigence...a false sense of flexibility...pride...stubbornness...indecision...paranoia hermetically sealed behind some elaborate self-righteous defence mechanism...blameless blame games...the maze of inconsistencies left in the wake of misunderstandings...tiredness..irritability..impatience...misunderstandings...crossed wires...inaction...blindness...fault...destroying love through anger and laziness and insecurity...
    Punchbearon September 04, 2002   Link
  • +15
    My InterpretationThis song is beautiful and very painful to hear at the same time, it's actually pretty hard to describe in my own words how I really feel about it and how it speaks to me, but I'll try...

    It's actually something that is overcoming me right now, which is that I'm desperately in love with a girl who has fallen in love with someone else. As they got together and she told me, I felt so sad but at the same time I was very happy for her... after she told me that she fell in love with that guy I couldn't help but explain the love I had for her all this time. Day by day we talked and talked and talked... but it wasn't the same as before, it wasn't the same as when she didn't have a boyfriend.

    And it really wasn't getting better between the two of us anymore because I kept trying to win her for myself which was really selfish of me, so we talked about it and we both decided that we have to take measurements on how we are going to maintain our friendship. We both agreed to not talk to each other so often anymore as we would.

    It went well for awhile, but 'the bubble burst' and even after our promise I still desperately tried to let her fall in love with me. 'I started looking for excuses' on how we should talk more with each other again, because basically everything she does or says makes me fall in love with her all over again. It has now kind of gotten out of hand, because I couldn't control my feelings for her anymore, I loved her so much. Even though I tried and tried to hide my feelings as much as I could, it didn't work out.

    Two days ago she told me that it is really bothering her that I give her attention which she should actually get from her current boyfriend and started to feel things for me every time I talked to her and contemplated about whether she should remove me from every single social media connection, to spend more time with the guy she actually fell in love with in the first place. She did remove me in the end...

    And now I'm kind of stuck and listening to this song over and over again, desperately hoping that she'll realize that 'I was an island and she passed me by', that 'I was an island she still has to discover'. I want to tell her on this moment but I can't anymore, but if I could... 'I want to tell her in my loudest tone' that..

    The truth is,

    That I miss her so much...
    kma88on November 19, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General Comment'When the truth is, I miss you', so simple but so fuckin brilliant




    Boon September 11, 2002   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationThis song to me tells the story of someone who has doubt about someone so they break up with them without a valid reason 'looking for a warning sign' but then realises that they love that person and want to go back... This song holds a special place in my heart as I would like this to happen to me. I fell in love with someone and they broke up with me. I want them to realise that they love me like I love them and we can get back together. This song gives me hope that it will happen. Although I believe I am just deluding myself
    littlemissindieon August 07, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentwow! i love this song so fucking much but it means something so personal for me just like alot of people...
    ---That you were an island and I passed you by,
    You were an island to discover.---
    this part to me is about realizing that you overlooked something so wonderful and finally seeing what your missing and falling in love!
    this song kicks ass and coldplay is the ultimate best
    haywoo1129on April 13, 2003   Link
  • +3
    MemoryThis song is so beautiful and so depressing.
    I had this friend whom i deeply fell in love with. We had a lot of memories and he led me on. But there were warning signs everywhere and my illusion disappeared like a bubble burst. so finally i stopped being his doormat. I told him we are over and never to call me again. It has been nearly a month. Everyday i opened my eyes, breathe, live but the truth is i really miss him, i miss him a lot. I am looking for excuses to have him back in my life. I am tired and i miss him.
    At the end of the song.. "so i crawl back into your open arms". The saddest truth is there is no open arms waiting for me which makes this song even depressing for me.
    ..liz..on July 24, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdoesnt it piss you off when a song or an artist can be your freaken carbon copy? this song, amongst others on A Rush of Blood to the Head could be a soundtrack to my life. Coldplay kicks ass.
    sam_amadoron September 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou panic and look for reasons to push someone away. you keep your eyes peeled for "warning signs." you hurt someone.

    then days, weeks, months later, you WILL have a moment where you realize how much you've just messed up and what you've missed out on because you were busy being scared.
    catherinekson March 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentone of my favorite songs from the A Rush Of Blood To The Head album. I love this song because it relates to the times i’ve been passing for almost a year now.

    i like to think that this is an interpretation of a ‘wake up call’ for a boy who later realized that he “missed a good part” a good relationship with a girl, whom he just found out he’s in love with.

    “i started looking for excuses”

    He was very indecisive and started looking for excuses to end the relationship and not caring whether it would hurt her.

    “come on in. i’ve gotta tell you what a state i’m in”
    as time passes by, he’s in a bad state in his life full of misery and regret of what he has done. he is desperate for her attention and begs her to listen to him.

    “it came back to haunt me, and i realized that you were an island and i passed you by, when you were an island to discover”

    he realizes more and more as his regret comes back to haunt him frequently. He realized her worth and how he did not value it enough during the relationship, he passed her by when he should’ve gave more time to discover her beauty.

    “when the truth is,
    i miss you,
    and im tired,
    i should not have let you go..
    so i crawl back into your open arms...”

    he can’t take it anymore and he finally expresses his feelings and thoughts to this girl.. and so she takes him back as he “crawls” back into her open arms.

    again, on times like this in my life i can relate to this song. im a girl. i am the indecisive person who left and is now living a haunted life full of regret. can’t take my mind off of what i did. this was over a year ago, possibly two. i want to express my thoughts and feelings to this boy but he’s happier without me. even if he doesn’t ever take me back, i just want his forgiveness in order for me to finally live peacefully.
    Ps. my favorite band is Coldplay and i absolutely love them
    I love coldplay forever! ,

    x emma



    no1sperfectton June 21, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just want to say that this song, and the whole new album, mean so much to me after only a day's listening. i can't even imagine what it's going to mean for me after a month or a year or a lifetime. this song is beautiful and speaks directly to me and my situation with my gf. tears. well, tears if i was more emo.
    myeyesareopenon August 29, 2002   Link

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